Monday, 13 August 2018

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Dean Keates: Walsall Players Should Be Free to Perform

12:26 pm Monday, 13 August 2018
Saddlers boss Dean Keates, who has seen his side take four of a possible six points so far this season, has spoken to the local press and discussed his desire to build an environment in which his players aren't scared to preform.
Walsall have already entered two superb displays so far this campaign, taking all three points at home to Plymouth Argyle, and doing everything they could to win against Scunthorpe United last weekend.

Keates' side created fifteen goal-scoring opportunities during Saturday's draw with the Iron, a performance which was a world away from their most recent encounter at Glanford Park, in that match they failed to secure a single shot on target as their hosts were able to secure a comfortable one-nil win.

Dean, who was speaking via the Express & Star, insisted that now is the time to move forward and build a positive environment, he said; "What happened last season, happened last season. It was about building the right culture and environment for players to come in and not be scared to play. It’s about playing on the front foot and being bright. Some of them are young, but they are enthusiastic and they have got desire.

"That is what I want at the club. We went to Scunthorpe, who are going to be right in the mix for a place in the top-six, and we’ve come away disappointed not to have won. It’s only the second game of the season so we won’t be getting carried away. But the lads played on the front-foot and I think the fans will be proud of the team and pleased."

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